Senator McEachin for governor in 2013?
State Sen. Don McEachin (D) is considering running for statewide office in 2013.
To anyone paying attention to Virginia politics these days, that news may not be exactly surprising. But they may be surprised to hear which of the state's three top jobs McEachin is considering.
McEachin is eyeing a run for governor and and we hear he has already spoken to a handful of Democrats about the possibility of running.
McEachin has launched a statewide political action committee, a Facebook page and blog . He's also attending Democratic events across the state -- far outside his Richmond- area Senate district. On Saturday, he will attend picnics in Charlottesville and Arlington.
McEachin said in an interview that he's focused on helping out in the 2010 elections and preparing for the 2011 legislative session. He said he plans to run for re-election in 2011.
"I have no idea right now what I might do,'' he said.
McEachin ran for attorney general in 2001 but lost to Republican Jerry Kilgore. He's been a frequent and vocal critical of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell this year.
Democrats lost all three statewide races last November and have few obvious choices for who may run for governor in 2013.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who lost his party's nomination for governor last year, is widely expected to make another run in 2013. He has stayed active in state politics and has businesses interests in Virginia.
House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong is considering a run for statewide office, perhaps governor. We recently told you some are trying to recruit Sen. Chap Petersen of Fairfax County to run for governor. Other are trying to persuade former Del. Shannon Valentine, who lost her Lynchburg-area seat in November, to run.
Other Democrats being talked about for statewide office are Sen, Mark Herring of Loudoun County for attorney general, former Del. Brian Moran, who ran for governor last year, and former Del. Steve Shannon, who ran for attorney general and recently opened a PAC. But expect Moran and Shannon may end up back in the General Assembly before they make another run at statewide office.
August 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate , Steve Shannon , Terry McAuliffe
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